Four students from area high schools in Edison received a total of $7,875 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at a dinner held Tuesday, May 30th, at the Spain Inn in Piscataway. The scholarships are financed by a bequest from Adele DeLeeuw, longtime Plainfield resident, author of 75 books, journalist and arts activist.
The Plainfield-North Plainfield Rotary club administers the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund and is one of five local Rotary clubs that provide scholarships from the Fund to students in their communities who pursue a course of study in poetry, art, journalism, writing or engineering. Sixty-three thousand dollars was distributed this year to twenty-three area students by the Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation. This year’s awards bring the Fund’s twenty-two year total distribution to over $1,250,000.
Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2017 included Hira Javed and Youngju Lee from J.P. Stevens High School. The Scholarship Fund also provided a continuing scholarship to current college student Shweta Modi from Edison High School. This year’s Adele DeLeeuw Senior Scholars, students who were recognized as scholarship recipients from the Fund for each of their four years in college included Ridwan Khan, from Edison High School. An additional nineteen students from area high schools also received scholarships from the Fund.
Applications for the 2018 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships will be available in January from Edison area high school guidance offices. For further information, call Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.